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The Death of an Ideal: Killing in Germany Triggers Fresh Refugee Debate

The Death of an Ideal: Killing in Germany Triggers Fresh Refugee Debate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 14, 2016

The recent rape and murder of a student in the bucolic university town of Freiburg, Germany, has shaken a city that welcomed refugees with open arms. As it emerges that a young Afghan man may have been the killer, a national debate on migrants is unfolding. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

A Country on Tenterhooks: Germans Wonder If Terror Can Be Prevented

A Country on Tenterhooks: Germans Wonder If Terror Can Be Prevented

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 01, 2016

Following the attacks in Munich, Würzburg and Ansbach, many are asking how the violence can be stopped. There is an answer to this question, but will it be heard in these turbulent times? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Lucrative Loot: The Murky World of the Ancient Artifact Market

Lucrative Loot: The Murky World of the Ancient Artifact Market

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2016

A new law in Germany seeks to eliminate the trade in ancient artifacts. It was written to target people like Leonardo Patterson, whose long career selling plundered objects from Central America throws a spotlight on the dubious industry. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Chaos and Violence: How New Year's Eve in Cologne Has Changed Germany

Chaos and Violence: How New Year's Eve in Cologne Has Changed Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 08, 2016

New Year's Eve in Cologne rapidly descended into a chaotic free-for-all involving sexual assault and theft, most of it apparently committed by foreigners. It has launched a bitter debate over immigration and refugees in Germany -- one that could change the country. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


An Interview with Cologne's Mayor: 'I Have Been Subjected to a Ton of Ridicule and Criticism'

An Interview with Cologne's Mayor: 'I Have Been Subjected to a Ton of Ridicule and Criticism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 08, 2016

In an interview, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker, 59, discusses the sexual attacks that rocked Germany's fourth-largest city on New Year's Eve and her controversial suggestion that women keep foreign men at arm's length. Interview Conducted By Frank Hornig and Barbara Schmid more... Comment ]

Mobs and Counter-Mobs: Pitfalls, Prejudice and the Cologne Sexual Assaults

Mobs and Counter-Mobs: Pitfalls, Prejudice and the Cologne Sexual Assaults

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 08, 2016

The events in Cologne were perpetrated by a sexist criminal mob -- and have triggered the rise of racist digital mob in response. The incident has shown that much of the public doesn't care much about sexual violence, unless it comes from foreigners. A Commentary by Sascha Lobo more... Comment ]


Cologne Assaults: Police Report Outlines 'Chaotic and Shameful' New Year's Eve

Cologne Assaults: Police Report Outlines 'Chaotic and Shameful' New Year's Eve

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2016

An internal police protocol has revealed the full extent of the violence in Cologne on New Year's Eve. According to the report, which SPIEGEL has seen, officials were overwhelmed and powerless to help some people calling for help. more... Comment ]

New Year's Eve Attacks: Dozens of Women Sexually Assaulted in Cologne

New Year's Eve Attacks: Dozens of Women Sexually Assaulted in Cologne

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 05, 2016

Dozens of women celebrating New Year's Eve in Cologne have said they were the victims of sexual assault. With a group of men with North African and Middle Eastern appearances under suspicion, the incident threatens to augment growing concern over Germany's refugee policies. more... Comment ]


Neo-Nazi Arsonists: Officials Concerned by Growing Far-Right Networks

Neo-Nazi Arsonists: Officials Concerned by Growing Far-Right Networks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2015

This year has seen a sharply increased number of attacks on asylum hostels in Germany, many of them perpetrated by right-wing extremists. Officials are concerned that neo-Nazi networks may be spreading across the country. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Curaçao Connection: Germany Becomes a Destination for Drug Mules

The Curaçao Connection: Germany Becomes a Destination for Drug Mules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2015

In 2011, Air Berlin became the first German airline to offer non-stop service to Curaçao. Since then, customs inspectors in Düsseldorf have been battling a serious cocaine smuggling problem. By Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]